Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the largest transportation agency of the U.S. government and regulates all aspects of civil aviation in the country as well as over surrounding international waters.[3]:12,16 Its powers include air traffic management, certification of personnel and aircraft, setting standards for airports, and protection of U.S. assets during the launch or re-entry of commercial space vehicles. Powers over neighboring international waters were delegated to the FAA by authority of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Federal Aviation Administration
Seal of the Federal Aviation Administration
Flag of the Federal Aviation Administration

Headquarters of the FAA in Washington DC
Agency overview
FormedAugust 23, 1958; 64 years ago (1958-08-23)
Preceding agency
JurisdictionU.S. federal government
HeadquartersOrville Wright Federal Building
800 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, D.C., U.S. 20591
38°53′14.31″N 77°1′19.98″W
Annual budgetUS$15.956 billion (FY2010)
Agency executive
  • Billy Nolen, Administrator (Acting)
Parent agencyU.S. Department of Transportation

Created in August 1958 (1958-08), the FAA replaced the former Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) and later became an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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